“Civil liberties in the United States are being increasingly curtailed. ”
In a classic case of the pot calling the kettle repressive, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad tells the U.S. what he thinks of Bush's approach to human rights.
Stockwell's prison break
You'd think basic mathematics would come naturally to the dollar-counting federal Conservatives, but all they seem to know how to do well is crude subtraction. Just look at Stockwell Day's cancellation of the feds' safe tattooing pilot project in prisons. Shall we do the number-crunching together, Mr. Day? Now, what costs less? Spending $600,000 on sterile tattoo parlours or pouring millions into treating ex-cons suffering from AIDS and hep C after they get inked with dirty needles? Maybe Day's afraid his pretty face will end up on some inmate's biceps if he keeps paying for their tats.
Tory’s tipsy economics
Conservative leader John Tory is kvetching that the cost of the LCBO's deposit return system will explode once the masses start hoarding wine bottles before the Feb 1 start date to get 20 cents a bottle back without having paid the deposit. The economic blowout will cost "tens of millions," warns Tory. Come on, John, even a heavy wino couldn't save up more than 60 bottles between now and then, which would cost the system about 12 bucks. The province would have to be overflowing with cheap Merlot-lovers for Tory's delusions to come true.
No woman, no cry
Another week, another opportunity for the Harper government to piss off a disadvantaged demographic. Let's spin the wheel to see who it'll be this week. Aha, women. Heritage and Status of Women Minister Bev Oda announced the closure of three-quarters of Status of Women Canada's offices across the country, but put a happy face on it by assuring us that women will be better off without them. Gee, maybe the feds are planning on using the cash from the GST cuts to close the persistent 29 cent gap between women's and men's salaries? Or maybe they'll reopen the national child care program? Don't bet on it.
Nukes on the wind
Funny, we thought the big excuse for keeping coal plants burning and nuke plants growing was a dire lack of electricity in the province. But wouldn't you know it, Bruce Power is seeking permission to export up to 2,000 megawatts of nuclear energy to the U.S. over the next decade. It's especially suspicious considering the Ontario government has told greenies to restrict the number of wind farms in the Bruce area to keep transmission lines free and clear for Bruce's nuclear power. Call us rude, but if you're going to export thousands of megawatts to the Yanks, don't expect clean, green renewable energy to just hold the door for you and smile.